OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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The Meaning of Open [clear filter]
Wednesday, October 11

3:00pm PDT

UnCommon Women - the women in the commons
UnCommon Women sits at the intersection of Open, Social Change and Tech. To celebrate the work and opportunities for women and to push for equal representation. To support the women in the field of open, we need clear paths to advancement, mentorship opportunities and ensure individuals identifying as female have a visible presence in leadership. We will announce survey results of women in the movement on the panel. Pulling together women across levels of experience working OpenEd, this panel is convened to discuss experiences, challenges and successes, and to show the strength of women working in the open.

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Francesca Carpenter

Associate Director, Achieving the Dream
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Sarah Faye Cohen

Managing Director, Open Textbook Network
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Amanda Coolidge

Director, Open Education, Bccampus
Amanda Coolidge is the Director of Open Education at BCcampus. She leads the BC Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education initiatives in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The BCcampus Open Education team produces Open Educational Resources (OER) – textbooks, toolkits... Read More →
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Kelsey Merkley

Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Digital Service
Other hats: Founder of UnCommon Women - lover of colouring books.Creative Commons Canada

Wednesday October 11, 2017 3:00pm - 3:55pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

Around the World with OER: Sharing Meaning Cross-Culturally
OERs represent examples of a global phenomenon in an innovative approach that promote unrestricted access as a possible solution for bridging the knowledge divide in education. A large number of OERs initiatives are currently distributed globally and are seen as a way to meet educational needs. Given the purported importance of OERs in the international arena, it is critical to examine the global understanding of OERs.

Although OERs have successfully captured researchers and practitioner's attention in promoting the knowledge as a public good, expanding understanding, awareness, utilization, and adoption from individual and institutions to publish is another challenge. It is our argument that addressing these challenge must involve examining the global understanding of OERs.

This study is driven by the following three questions:

1. What are global understandings of OERs?

2. What are the awareness, perceived benefits and challenges of OER and how do they differ cross-culturally?

3. What are the current utilization and adoption of OERs in participating countries?

This study employs in-depth survey research and interviews to investigate the understanding of OER at universities in Botswana, China, Namibia, Taiwan, and Thailand. Using a survey approach and interview, the authors developed a set of questionnaires and interview questions, with the intention of understanding the global perspective of open educational resources from participant countries.

Data collection for the present study is on going and will be completed in July 2017. Completed data from Taiwan and Thailand indicate that there is a varied understating of what OERs and MOOCs are. Although the acronyms have become the terms dujor in academic discourses and international education it appear that there are varied definitions of the concepts which educators and researchers alike would be well served to be aware of and consider.


Tutaleni I. Asino

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Wednesday October 11, 2017 4:00pm - 4:25pm PDT

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  • Collaborations in Support of Open Education
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  • General
  • Increasing Hope through Open Education
  • Issues at the Intersection of Open and Analytics
  • Issues at the Intersection of Open and Assessment
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  • Models Supporting the Adoption Use or Sustaining of OER in Adult Basic Education
  • Models Supporting the Adoption Use or Sustaining of OER in Higher Education
  • Models Supporting the Adoption Use or Sustaining of OER in K-12 Education
  • Open Education in Developing Countries
  • Open Pedagogy and Open Educational Practices
  • Promoting and Evaluating Institutional and Governmental Open Policies
  • Research on the Impact of OER
  • Showing Gratitude through Open Education
  • Synergies Between Open Education and Open Data Open Access Open Science and Open Source
  • The Economics of Open Education
  • The Ethics of Open Education
  • The Meaning of Open
  • The Politics of Open Education
  • The Role of Faculty in Advocating for Supporting or Sustaining OER Adoption and Use
  • The Role of Instructional Designers in Advocating for Supporting or Sustaining OER Adoption and Use
  • The Role of Librarians in Advocating for Supporting or Sustaining OER Adoption and Use
  • The Role of Students in Advocating for Supporting or Sustaining OER Adoption and Use
  • Tools and Technologies Supporting Open Education
  • Unanticipated Topics
  • What's Next for OER and Open Education